Thursday, 16 December 2021
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Eco-Schemes are being proposed for the first time as part of the next CAP and they must be funded from within Pillar 1 of the CAP budget.
In line with the CAP Strategic Plan Regulation, I have decided to allocate 25% of Ireland’s Direct Payments envelope to the Eco-Scheme annually, which equates to approximately €297 million per annum. Farmers will apply for the Eco-Scheme at the same time as their BISS application from 2023 onwards.
Following my recent announcement of three additional agricultural practices proposed for inclusion in the Eco-Scheme, as well as amendments to some of the original five proposed practices, I am satisfied that any active farmer who wishes to join the scheme from 2023 onwards will be in a position to do so and will be able to receive an Eco-Scheme payment subject to their compliance with the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme. Payment under the Eco-Scheme will be an annual payment for all eligible hectares declared by the farmer.
I have been clear in the need to have a straightforward, farmer-friendly and practical Eco-Scheme that will ensure my Department will be in a position to make payments on an annual basis to farmers, while also ensuring the Eco-Scheme delivers on its objectives in relation to climate, environment, water quality and biodiversity.